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a chapter of accidents

A situation or series of events characterized by multiple problems or mishaps. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Despite all of our planning, the birthday party was a chapter of accidents.
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a chapter of accidents

BRITISH, FORMAL
If you talk about a chapter of accidents, you mean a series of unlucky events. Luckily for him, few people were witness to this chapter of accidents. In fiction, however, such a chapter of accidents can end up seeming comic. Note: This expression has been used many times by various writers. One of the earliest uses is `the chapter of accidents is the longest chapter in the book', the book being the story of a person's life or a record of a particular event.
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a chapter of accidents

a series of unfortunate events.
This expression was apparently coined by Lord Chesterfield in a letter to Solomon Dayrolles in 1753 : ‘The chapter of knowledge is a very short, but the chapter of accidents is a very long one’.
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a ˌchapter of ˈaccidents

a series of unlucky events or mistakes in a short period of time: The reorganization of the company has been a chapter of accidents!
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References in classic literature ?
Under the present conditions it was impossible for her to do any more, so, after waiting for a while, still hidden in the shadow to see if she could catch another glimpse of the white frock, she determined to go on slowly towards Castra Regis, and trust to the chapter of accidents to pick up the trail again.
Her voyage forms another chapter of accidents in this eventful story.
As the necessary result of the check thus encountered, he was now in Scotland with absolutely nothing to trust to as a means of effecting his release but the chapter of accidents, aided by his own resolution to marry Mrs.
Tom listened with the profoundest respect to this chapter of accidents, and followed East across the level ground till they came to a sort of gigantic gallows of two poles, eighteen feet high, fixed upright in the ground some fourteen feet apart, with a cross-bar running from one to the other at the height of ten feet or thereabouts.
And as to the chapter of accidents which counts for so much in the book of success, I could only hope that it was closed.
Laid Back Luke started his career with a chapter of accidents in point-to-points three years ago resulting in him falling, running out and unseating his rider at the start.
The plot commences with a chapter of accidents which remains within the realms of possibility; a clutch of such disasters has happened.
If ever there was a Pax Britannica, it did not extend to Pontlast RFC at home or away, and the event marked a temporary decline in the career of Bashie Williams, for that night a chapter of accidents occurred that were not believed afterwards.
AUTHOR Charles Condomine stirs up a chapter of accidents when he enlists the help of an eccentric medium as part of his research for a new book in this witty play by Noel Coward.
Newton Abbot's opener proved a chapter of accidents as five of the eight runners crashed out, including favourite Running de Cerisy, leaving the prize to Newmarket raider Iechyd-Da.
Now, either the White House's Persian version is an account of a well-laid plan thwarted by ill luck and malice, or it is a mere chapter of accidents.
Historians interviewing elderly and distinguished persons will often knock at the closed door which results from the satisfactory completion of this latter kind of reflective process, undertaken largely to reassure the individual that their life had amounted to something more than a chapter of accidents.
JUPON VERT put in a late bid to be the luckiest winner of 2005 as a chapter of accidents presented him with victory in the two-mile handicap chase.